Last week the Iowa Department of Transportation announced an upcoming road closure on Iowa 14, 2.3 miles south of Chariton in Lucas County where the removal and replacement of a reinforced concrete box culvert is necessary. The road closure originally scheduled to begin Thursday, July 8 has now been moved back to a new start date of 8 a.m. on Monday, July 19. According to the Iowa DOT, the closure is now expected to remain until late-August, weather permitting.
The detour route will remain the same with all motorists being directed to use an official off-site detour with local traffic having access to Highway 14 except for the lanes crossing the project area near mile marker 14.6. The designated detour will follow Iowa Highway 14 north and south for approximately 14.6 miles, Iowa Highway 2 east and west for approximately 9.6 miles, U.S. Highway 65 north and south approximately 19 miles and U.S. Highway 34 east and west approximately 8.6 miles.
In addition to the closure on Iowa 14, a sewer system project on U.S. 65 in the Wayne County Community of Humeston will require the closing of the highway to through traffic beginning Wednesday, July 6 at 12 p.m. (noon) and is expected to continue until Friday, July 16 at noon, weather permitting.
The City of Humeston sewer project will require closing the road at 403. S. Front Street near mile marker 19.40 on U.S. 65 and then closing the road at 107 S. Front Street near mile marker 19.66 on U.S. 65.
All through traffic will again be directed to use an official off-site detour with local traffic having access to U.S. 65 except for the lanes crossing the project area near U.S. 65 mile marker19.40 and mile marker 19.66. The detour will follow U.S. 34 east and west for 8.6 miles, Iowa 14 north and south for 17 miles, Iowa 2 east and west for 9.6 miles and then back onto U.S. 65.
Motorists are reminded by the Iowa DOT to drive with caution, obey the posted speed limit and other signs in the work area and be aware that traffic fines for moving violations are at least double in work zones. Drivers should stay alert, allow ample space between vehicles and wear seat belts as in all work zones.
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